Honey and Salt - A YA Fantasy by David Perlmutter -- Bravery comes in all forms: fighting bullies and fighting your own demons. ***Guest Post: What inspired the Author to write this story? -- Giveaway***
Honey and Salt by David Perlmutter
Genre: YA Fantasy
Bravery comes in all forms: fighting bullies and fighting your own demons.
Honey and Salt is a superhero novella that will draw you in the just fight of a few super heroines. The story is packed with action and humor.
Their quest against evil superheroes and against their own weaknesses is refreshing. You can identify with them and embrace their battles.
Rousing fantasy action with amazing young girls ready to fight for justice and for the oppressed.
If you enjoy a good action with an unusual plot, then this is the book for you.
Gust Post by David Perlmutter
What inspired you to write this book?I have always loved superhero stories, comic, dramatic, or halfway in between, in any media. At their best, they are tales told by the old-fashioned standard of good and evil, without many complications in terms of plotting or deeper hidden meanings, which means you don’t have to have an English lit degree to understand and appreciate them. Lately, however, with the transference of the heroic DC and Marvel gang to live-action films, I have felt that the overall genre has become stuck in a very large storytelling rut. To their credit, both companies have introduced more characters that reflect the gender and racial realities of the world today, but they still have to play by the rules of a “universe” being controlled from afar by a select cabal of writers, the way they all are now. Maybe that was all right in the days of Stan Lee and Gardner Fox, when comic book writing really was a closed shop and a specialized field, but now it just limits the potential for what could possibly be achieved in the genre.
The only solution, I felt, was to create a universe of my own that truly reflected my values, my politics and my vision of the world. Maybe I wouldn’t get rich doing it, but at least I would try to provide an alternative to the corporation comics. Or, at least, that readers, if I got any, would see my work as such.
I followed the examples of my more illustrious predecessors and built up a group of admirable figures from groups in our society who are not easily understood or comprehended, and made them superheroes, by choice or fate or otherwise. They were all female, because the ones I love and respect most of all are as well, and because there’s still less of them, although the tide is starting to turn. They are all responsible and humble about themselves and their powers, and rarely arrogant. And, like most fictional characters, they are reflections of the person or people who created them. In the case of “Honey and Salt”, they reflect not only the values I personally admire, but those I despise. And, in particular, they are attempt to reflect the true diversity and strength apparent within the country I was born and raised in, which America in particular easily dismisses as unimportant.
You may notice in the story oblique references to a certain animated television program that has heroines similar to mine. That was intentional. Through a group of unlikely heroines and a fantastic setting, Craig McCracken created a brilliant television program that I greatly admired, and, unfortunately, was dishonored recently with a bad remake. In a sense, I am trying to continue the vision for super-heroics of the future he set forward there in my own way.
David Perlmutter is a freelance writer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the author of America Toons In: A History of Television Animation (McFarland and Co.), The Singular Adventures Of Jefferson Ball (Amazon Kindle), The Pups (Booklocker.com), Certain Private Conversations and Other Stories (Aurora Publishing), Honey and Salt (Scarlet Leaf Publishing), The Encyclopedia of American Animated Cartoon Series (Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming) and Orthicon; or, the History of a Bad Idea (Linkville Press, forthcoming).
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